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  • A scenic summer view of historical center of Helsinki - typically the starting point of all Finland vacations.
  • Railway station in Helsinki
  • Fortress of Sveaborg
  • Public transport vehicle in Helsinki

Helsinki (Finnish) or Helsingfors (Swedish)  is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the "Daughter of the Baltic" has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the Czars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movies, all to be experienced on Finland vacations. 

Today, Helsinki combines being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel. The best time to visit is in summer, when Finns peel off their overcoats and flock to outdoor bars and cafes to enjoy the sunshine. Helsinki's population is about 600,000, but the Greater Helsinki region including the suburbs of the neighboring administrative areas of Espoo and Vantaa has a population of over 1.3 million. The suburbs rapidly give way to small towns, farms and forests. 

Within Helsinki itself, the city centre is on the southern peninsula at the end of the city's main thoroughfare Mannerheimintie.  Both the central railway station and the main bus terminal are in the city centre. Shopping streets Aleksanterinkatu and Esplanadi connect to Senate Square, the historical center of the city.

The city is officially bilingual, with an 86% Finnish-speaking majority and a visible 6% Swedish-speaking minority. However, most of the Finnish-speaking majority only knows the very basics of Swedish, which they learn in school. Most Finns speak English more fluently than Swedish. Street names and many signs in Helsinki are in both Finnish and Swedish enhancing your Finland vacation. .

There are many major sights to enjoy in Helsinki. There is the popular with locals,   Esplanade Park in the heart of the city and Helsinki Cathedral is a beautiful and historically significant Evangelical Lutheran church. Senate Square dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel shows off its Nordic architecture with the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library. Not to be missed is the SibeliusMonument in SibeliusPark which resembles organ pipes with a bust of the composer on one side. 

Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions. Quarried out of bedrock, the interior walls are created from the rock and the main part of the church is literally underground. Suommenlina Fortress is one of the largest sea fortresses in the world and is located on islands off the coast of Helsinki. The Olympics were held in Helsinki in 1952 but the current stadium was built as early as 1938. Finally the National Museum of Finland illustrates Finnish history from prehistoric times to the present day. 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Finland vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Finland.

 

  • 13 Day Baltic Capitals Copenhagen to Copenhagen

    You'll experience six incredible cities during this unforgettable cruise of the Baltics. Embark from Copenhagen, Scandanavia's most cosmopolitan city, and experience the fascinating Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag in Berlin, Peter the Great's Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, the palaces and cathedrals of St. Petersburg, and so much more.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,739
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Denmark See Trip Details
  • Best of Finland

    This tour surveys Finland’s most iconic destinations. Enjoy the vibrant design of modern Helsinki before jetting up north to Finnish Lapland to experience the world’s foremost arctic resort.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,418
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules
    Finland See Trip Details
  • Capitals of Scandinavia

    Can’t decide on a destination for that Scandinavia city break? Or perhaps you just want to see the big cities? This is your perfect short Scandinavia tour, featuring Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,083
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Denmark See Trip Details
  • Colours of the Baltic Coach Tour: Stockholm to St. Petersburg

    Visit four amazing yet very different Baltic capitals which include elegant but quaint Stockholm, historic and surprising Tallinn, charming Helsinki with its distinct Nordic architecture and St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities anywhere. Enjoy two ferry journeys across the Baltic Sea.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,916
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
    Sweden See Trip Details
  • Cultural Finland & Russia: Helsinki to St Petersburg

    This 9 day tour starts in the vibrant seaside city of Helsinki where you will spend 2 nights taking in all the city has to offer before heading 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. Stay 2 nights enjoying the incredible beauty of arctic wilderness before travelling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for the remainder of your vacation. Visit the must-see sights in St Petersburg including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage and more!
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,173
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules
    Russia See Trip Details
  • Essence of the Baltic: Helsinki to Stockholm Coach Tour

    Covering just the essential stops, this short Baltic tour is ideal for exploring the Finnish capital of Helsinki, beautiful old Tallinn, and chic Stockholm, with plenty of time to explore at leisure.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
    Finland See Trip Details
  • Fabulous Scandinavia & Russia Escorted: Copenhagen to Moscow

    Fabulous is the word for this combination of Norway’s amazing fjord scenery, stops in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen and the magical iconic cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow. This unforgettable tour includes everything - majestic scenery, amazing culture and history and much more.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,633
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
    Denmark See Trip Details
  • Helsinki History Food & Design

    Find out why Helsinki is renowned for its fashion and design. Combine a visit to the Design District with a comprehensive city tour plus enjoy a full day to the beautiful and historic city of Porvoo.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,408
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Finland See Trip Details
  • Helsinki in Depth

    Get to know Finland’s capital with a 3 night stay including a full day touring showcasing the important sites and sights of this Nordic city and a half day visit to the different and unique Helsinki Design District encompassed in some 25 streets.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,187
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Finland See Trip Details
  • Helsinki Stopover

    Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, has its own unique Nordic charm and attractions and on this 2 night stopover, you will discover them on a half day tour of the highlights.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 838
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    Finland See Trip Details
  • Nordic Capitals & Fjord Dreams Coach Tour: Copenhagen to Helsinki

    Discover the cities and sights that define the north on this Scandinavia tour. Combine Norway’s breathtaking fjords with cosmopolitan cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki.
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours, Motorcoach Tours
    Denmark See Trip Details
  • North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

    Experience a unique and remote part of the world spending two weeks on the world’s largest and most powerful ice breaker sailing in comfort through awe inspiring landscapes. Add to this a visit to the enigmatic North Pole.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 30,590
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Arctic See Trip Details
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